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One of the best ways to keep up to date and share ideas is to subscribe to the various Email Lists, they act as a forum for the discussion of many topics and people from all over the world give useful input and suggestions. Many academics and established beekeepers are members of these discussion groups and give much help, encouragement and stimulation. Experience (or lack of it) is no bar... All are treated equally. No question is ever "dumb", but you should take the trouble to search the archives of several groups before asking it.

(Informed Discussion of Beekeeping Issues and Bee Biology)

This is probably the largest group with a high proportion of American and Canadian subscribers. It is a "moderated" list, meaning that ALL submissions to the list are first sent to the panel of list moderators for review and approval prior to distribution. To assist with "round the clock, spanning the globe coverage", the four BEE-L moderators reside in three countries on two continents. Any one of the BEE-L moderators may approve a submission, whereas for a submission to be denied general distribution, ALL the moderators must withhold their approval. This ensures certain standards are upheld.
All commands must be sent by Email to the
"LISTSERV address," listserv@listserv.albany.edu
SUBSCRIBE BEE-L as message text.

There is another way of accessing BEE-L and searching the List archive, and that is via Allen Dick's Website
Then use the web interface. You will also be able to access the whole BEE-L toolkit from that page.

Irish Beekeeping

Archive of
Is probably the most pertinent to British beekeepers. Owned by Tom Barrett of Dublin it is unmoderated and a friendly place to discuss beekeeping.

First you need to subscribe by sending a totally blank, text only Email to:-
You will receive an Email confirming your subscription and from then on you will be able to send your own submissions to the List by using the message address...
Any trouble will be sorted out by Tom Barrett, whose Email is...

You may also visit the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/irishbeekeeping web site to modify your subscriptions, look in the list archive at the previous messages, or view the database and files section.

Log in with your user name and password, you will require a "Yahoo ID" (all the Yahoo Groups Lists require this). Some of the questions that you will be asked may seem intrusive, if you feel this is impertinent, then by all means give fictitious answers.

The compiled archive only refers to the original ListBot messages, the new list (23rd June 2001) has a searchable archive system.


(The Bee Improvements and Bee Breeders' Association List.) Has 70 odd members and is not very active in general, but bursts into life to discuss BIBBA related topics.
To subscribe to Bibba-L, send the line... SUBSCRIBE bibba-l
to:- mailserver@zbee.com
Leave the subject blank
If you have any queries, please write to postmaster@zbee.com

[II-List]... Instrumental insemination List

One of my interests is the design and manufacture of instrumental insemination equipment, also producing drones and virgin queens. So I set up this discussion group for the purpose... The button at right gives the subscription address and more details.


This has many members and the daily activity fluctuates from zero through to busy depending on what topic is "flavour of the month".
BeeGadgets... Is a brainstorming discussion list for the development of telemetry and software for bee management and for other ideas about beekeeping aids, gadgets and devices. For more information: http://www.internode.net/HoneyBee/Gadgets/
To subscribe, send blank Email to
Email to:- BeeGadgets-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Post messages by Email to: BeeGadgets@yahoogroups.com

For more details see... http://www.internode.net/HoneyBee/Gadgets/
or Email Allen Dick:- allend@internode.net or at BeeGadgets-owner@yahoogroups.com
Wild ideas, binary attachments and factual input are all welcome. There is no cost or obligation in subscribing.
BeeGadgets is unmoderated and open to all.


(beekeeping education extension network)

The Bee pages/apinet URL is:-
To subscribe Email to: mailserver@zbee.com
MESSAGE BODY: subscribe apinetL
If you have any queries regarding this list, please write to the list administrator: postmaster@zbee.com


Discussion on breeding bees resistant to mites/diseases in English)
To join, send email containing :-

Biological Beekeeping [BioBee]

More information is available at: http://www.bee-l.com/biobeel.htm
To subscribe, send a totally blank, text only Email to:-
To send messages once you are subscribed to this group, simply send Email to BiologicalBeekeeping@yahoogroups.com

Biological Beekeeping is for the discussion of information and application concerning the keeping of bees and production of honey using biological methods. Discussion about ways to keep bees without the use of chemicals and drugs. This includes discussion on breeding, diet, and cell size.
Barry Birkey is the list owner and he can be contacted on:

NZ Beekeeping

At http://www.beekeeping.co.nz/contacts/nzbkpr.htm
you will find directions on how to subscribe to this list. Much of the talk is NZ based - places, seasons, politics, organisation, etc, so may not always be of interest to non New Zealanders. Please bear in mind that many of the discussions will be from the New Zealand perspective and they may not be willing or able to converse on problems and conditions in other parts of the world.

Alaska Beekeepers

Is mainly geared to short season, cold wintering techniques.
You may subscribe with the usual blank message to... akbeekeepers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Once you have received your "welcoming message" you may post your own messages to the group by using this address:-
The list owner may be reached using: akbeekeepers-owner@yahoogroups.com

Beekeeping at Yahoo Groups

A rather inactive list that has largely been supplanted by the many specialist discussion groups.
Send your blank Email to... beekeeping-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
The message posting address is... beekeeping@yahoogroups.com
List owner: beekeeping-owner@yahoogroups.com

Norland Beekeepers

This is another cold weather, northern latitude based group
Subscribe with blank Email: Norlandbeekeepers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Post messages: Norlandbeekeepers@yahoogroups.com
List owner: Norlandbeekeepers-owner@yahoogroups.com

I personally subscribe, (no charges are made), to all the above mentioned lists. I also make contributions to some of the discussions.

The URL's and Emails are hot links, just click on them.

Several of these Lists are part of The Yahoo Groups system, please notify them at abuse@yahoogroups.com if you are subscribed against your wishes by a third party.

A "blank" Email also contains no signature, if you have an automatic signature, you will need to manually delete it before sending.

Unsubscribe details will be sent when you sign up for a particular group, but the Yahoo groups unsubscribe will follow the form... {List name}-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com, again with a blank Email.

The Yahoo based groups have home pages, the URLs of which follow the form... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/actual list name

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Written... Summer 2000, Revised... 15 October 2001
Revised... 14 October 2002, 01 January 2003